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Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 11.
    Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1921). Ecrasia, in Back to Methuselah, "As Far as Thought Can Reach," The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
  • 12.
    Silence, indifference and inaction were Hitler's principal allies.
    (Immanuel, Baron Jakobovits (b. 1921), British cleric, Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth. Independent (London, December 5, 1989). On the prosecution of alleged war criminals.)
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  • 13.
    In war personal revenge maintains its silence.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 196, selection 5[1], number 79, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883. Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
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  • 14.
    Silence kills scandal.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 15.
    It is tact that is golden, not silence.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 229 (1951).)
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  • 16.
    The rest is silence.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 358. Hamlet's last words.)
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  • 17.
    That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
    (Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Spinks, in Under the Greenwood Tree, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1872). Some editions have the variation: "That man's dumbness is wonderful to listen to.")
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  • 18.
    Silence is an ornament for women.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 293.)
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  • 19.
    Silence is the perfectest herald of joy.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 306. Unable to express his happiness on being offered Hero in marriage.)
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  • 20.
    In love, we worry more about the meaning of silences than the meaning of words.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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